|TRINITY BIBLE CHURCH|
The progression of Jesus’ correction continues in Matthew 5:43-48. Whereas Jesus commands His followers, “Do not resist an evil person,” He now commands, “Love your enemies.” Here, Jesus corrects the misinterpretation of what James refers to as the Royal Law. The term royal (basilikós) means kingly. Hence, this particular Law is the Law of the King. Being the King’s Law, it is final and authoritative. James defines the “Royal Law according to the Scripture, You shall love your neighbor as yourself” (James 2:8). Specifically, as found in Leviticus 19:18, the Royal Law was the Law, which Jesus the King declared to be second only to loving God.